The first of two starting flights of the fifth edition of the Colossus attracted 5,238 entrants and were initially scheduled to play 16 levels. However, tournament officials decided that the tournament would play to the money instead, and after 18 levels the money was reached.
A little over 13 hours after they started, a maximum of 786 players bagged up for Day 2 all safely assured a min-cash of $600. That's a maximum because players were given the opportunity to surrender the stacks should they want to play Day 1b tomorrow.
The chip leader is not confirmed, but several players bagged close to or in excess of a million. Amador Trinidad (1,012,000), Marc Korner (937,000) and William Blais (930,000) were among the big stacks left at the end of play.
Popular Indian poker player Kunal Patni (849,000), former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer (850,000) and bracelet winners Ylon Schwartz (475,000) and Loni Harwood (101,000) are also safely through to Day 2.
Day 1a Recap
With a 10 a.m. start time, it took a few levels for some of the bigger names to make their way into the Colossus field, but there were still plenty of famous faces around.
Maurice Hawkins, Gaelle Baumann, Maria Konnikova, Chris Moneymaker, Dan Heimiller and Men Nguyen all played and busted and will have to make it through to Day 1b if they want to make it to Day 2.
The eliminations continued with former WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Laplante, Scott Davies and Belgian player Pierre Neuville all missing out on a min-cash before the bubble burst to end the evening.
Tomorrow's Day 1b kicks off at 10 a.m. giving players a second chance to make it through to Day 2. Stay tuned to PokerNews as we bring you all the live updates from the 2019 WSOP.